UAL Level 2 Diploma Performing and Production Arts (Acting)
Campus Granton Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 5
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
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New course, formally Foundation Certificate in Acting and Performance (SCQF 5)
We are excited to share a brand new course at Performing Arts Studio Scotland within our Acting Department, we always aim to meet industry standards and offer high-quality training in acting, performance and production. Our Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Acting) is an internationally recognised qualification accredited by the University of The Arts London and taught at Edinburgh College, Graton Campus.
This 1-year full-time course is designed to introduce you to acting and performance by building skills in acting, voice, movement, theatre, performance and production. With state-of-the-art facilities including movement and rehearsal studios, Aerial space and our very own in-house Theatre and Fringe Venue, we offer the very best to start your creative journey.
You will be exposed to industry specialists, Q&A's, Theatre Visits accross Edinburgh's Capital and encouraged to work collaboratively accross the Acting and further PASS Department
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What you will learn
A highly practical course designed to introduce you to fundamnetal techniques and methods to support your progress and development in Acting through project-based working. Please see an overview of your units below.
- Producing and Performing to an Audience
- Personal Project and Presentation
- Communicating with and Audience
- Introduction to Performance
- Staging a Performance
- Contextual Research for Performance and Production
- Performance Skills and Practice
- Production Skills and Practice
- Introduction to Production
No assessed placement but students have participated in Cultural Exchange Trips with Edinburgh Festival Carnival to South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica and Cuba where they have worked with arts organisations in a variety of contexts.
How the course is assessed
- Recorded class discussions and presentations
- Rehearsal and Live performances
- Production process evidence - Research
- Digital and or written portfolio
Number of days per week
- 3 days per week plus self-directed study outside assigned College hours
- Please note during rehearsals you may be asked to attend additional hours but will be notified in advance of timetabled changes.
- A strong personal statement with a desire to make a career in performing arts
- You must be committed to participating in a full-time course
- Entry will be based on a practical audition where we look for potential, commitment, energy and focus
Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements
Audition and Interview Breakdown
- 6th & 27th March
- 24th April
- 29th May
To successfully gain a place on our course, all candidates must take part in an audition at Granton Campus. The audition process will likely last between two and three hours and contain four sections:
- A tour of our facilities with current HND students
- An induction session
- A workshop with fellow auditionees
- An audition monologue performance followed by an interview
The piece you perform should be one short monologue from a published play. This should be no longer than 2 minutes in duration. We recommend you choose a contemporary piece and character who is about your age, please do not perform any classical pieces, including Shakespeare.
Please also avoid pieces that you have done in Higher/National 5 Drama or English or any of the plays listed below as these pieces tend to be very popular at auditions:
- The Letterbox or Tally’s Blood by Ann Marie de Mambro
- The Steamie by Tony Roper
- Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart
- Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn
Immediately after the performance of your monologue, you will have a short interview where we will ask you about your reasons for wanting to train to become an actor and about the kind of theatre that interests you.
If you have difficulty finding suitable monologues ask your English or Drama teacher for suggestions. If you are looking to buy plays the Traverse Theatre offers an extensive back catalogue of their productions for sale at their box office at very reasonable prices. Good quality monologue/audition books are also available online and in most of the larger bookshops in town. Please note that we expect you to have read the play from which your audition piece originatedEnglish Proficiency Requirements IELTS 5.5
Progression and Articulation Routes
Progression routes at PASS onto
- UAL Level 3 Performing and Production Arts (Acting)
- HND Acting and Performance
- HND Musical Theatre
- HND Dance Artist
- HND Technical Theatre
Audition for further training and or work in the industry as an actor, performer or within production on Stage, TV and Film.
|Campus||Study mode||Start date||Duration|
|Granton Campus||Full time||28/08/23||41 Weeks|
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